Life as a middle-aged woman sometimes strikes me as equally full of changes and surprises as adolescence. So many developments I did not even begin to see coming, and I’m not talking only about the ones involving hormones. To wit: I absolutely did not anticipate that suddenly I can not tolerate anything but surpassingly comfortable footwear. I’ve never been one much to suffer for fashion, but now my tolerance for feeling ouchy in order to look good is pretty much nil these days. So since fall is afoot (see what I did there?), I’ve been thinking about finding boots that feel as good as they look, checking out brands that aren’t on my usual style map, but that are known for creating well-made, walkable stuff (added bonus: they’re all pretty well-priced, too). The bad news is one has to slog through a lot of pretty frumpy choices to find anything decent, but if you poke around long enough, good options emerge, like this Loubouton-ish platform boot by Naturalizer, which I actually went for.
These sleek wedges are from Dr Scholl’s, a brand that can surprise you.
These are suede and also waterproof, which is a cool trick.
I like the idea of a slighty-higher-heeled-than-usual Chelsea boot.
This kitten-heeled pair would work as well with a dress as they would jeans, and I dig the sharp pointy toe.
Combat boots can be a little too mannish for me, so I like the idea of a pair that has some height.
Just a good, polished, walk-everywhere-in-them boot.